A Madison County man claims he lost his job after attempting to file for workers' compensation benefits.

Jesse Anderson filed a lawsuit July 15 in Madison County Circuit Court against Lazer Spot.

In his complaint, Anderson alleges he injured his arm while working as a spotter at Lazer Spot in Edwardsville on June 9, 2010. Following the injury, Anderson filed for workers' compensation benefits, according to the complaint.

On July 6, 2010, Anderson learned that Lazer Spot had fired him because of his medical condition, the suit states.

"Defendant discharged Plaintiff from his job in retaliation for filing or in anticipation of filing a workers' compensation claim under the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act," the complaint says.

Because of his job loss, Anderson claims he lost income and benefits; suffered severe physical, emotional and mental pain; and experienced embarrassment.

In his complaint, Anderson seeks a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs, punitive damages and other relief the court deems just.

Susan M. Andorfer of Belleville will be representing him.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-699.

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